The Canadian Children’s Museum focusses on documenting the activities of children from around the world through the acquisition of contemporary and historical elements of children’s material culture. The collection includes toys, games, clothing, art, photographs, books and other objects, reflecting the rituals and realities of children’s lives. Objects related to play are a collection priority. The collection also includes artifacts representative of cultures around the world.
The Canadian Children’s Museum has a permanent collection of 15,650 artifacts, props and interpretive objects for use in its exhibitions and programs. The Canadian Children’s Museum collection is, in general, driven by specific client-centred exhibitions and programs which emphasize interactive experiences between visitors and the subject matter, and which correspond to the interests and physical, social and intellectual development of children. The interpretive objects, in particular, are an integral part of the Children’s Museum’s philosophy of learning by doing. This collection consists of replaceable cultural objects, replicas, reproductions, and duplicates of other objects in the collections.